Holding up the sky

If the shamans stop dancing and life in the rainforest loses its balance, the sky will fall and crush everything beneath it. This wisdom is passed on in the Brazilian Amazon by every generation of Yanomami. But gold diggers pollute the rivers, shamans die, the rainforest perishes and the earth warms up. Davi Kopenawa, shaman, chief and well-known spokesperson for the Yanomami, has been fighting these threats for more than 40 years. Time and again, he travels the world defending his people against an endless colonisation. Do the Whites understand that the fall from the sky will not only crush the Yanomami?

In collaboration with Davi Kopenawa Yanomami & Dário Vitório Kopenawa Yanomami

Pieter Van Eecke